New Zealand Looks to Expand Military Cooperation with US

Following a meeting at the Pentagon with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Defense Minister Jonathan Coleman announced that New Zealand looks to expand military cooperation with US. The enhanced ties will include the first joint defense policy talks in almost 30 years.

“We look forward to continuing to deepen our defense cooperation in the future,” Hagel said during a Pentagon news conference, with Coleman alongside. “Near-term steps include military-to-military talks next month in Honolulu, New Zealand’s deployment of a frigate to the multinational antipiracy coalition in the Gulf of Aden, and the United States’ upcoming participation in what will be New Zealand’s largest ever multinational and interagency exercise.”


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